Nelly Cheboi Bags CNN Hero Of The Year Award

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11: <> speaks onstage during the 16th annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History on December 11, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CNN)

Kenyan software developer turned philanthropist Nelly Cheboi received the 2022 CNN Hero of the Year Award, worth Ksh74 million.

CNN senior journalist Anderson Cooper declared Cheboi as the winner at an event staged at the American Museum of Natural History, coming first among ten other contenders.

Cheboi fell into tears as she brought her family to the stage to accept the renowned prize with her.

She received a Ksh1.2 million cash incentive as well as a Ksh12.3 million grant to enhance her work as part of the award. Cheboi’s victory immediately certified her as the Elevate Prize winner.

Speaking after receiving the reward, she expressed her gratitude for the honour and noted that the funds would be used to realise her dream of bridging technological gaps in rural Africa.

“Every year, people are graduating into the corporate world without ever using a computer. This forces them to go back to the village with their education. I want to get to 100 schools which translates to 40,000 school-going children. We need to rewrite what it means to grow up in rural Africa because people can work glamorous jobs and still work in your community,” she added.